Hello guys, how are you all doing? I am having a pretty hectic day
and it's extremely hot in here. Bangalore normally has good pleasant weather
around this time but this year it's getting worse, too hot. You just don't feel
like leaving the indoors.
I was writing down my posts for the upcoming A to Z Challenge. Are
you still wondering what that is? Are you not taking part in the month long
blog fest in April? You still have some time. Hop off to this page and sign up for the Blog
fest in case you want to participate. I am very excited since this is my first
So I learnt a few things to network better with fellow bloggers
which I was not doing much earlier and you may say some
blog etiquette!! Not too hard guys, check out what all I have done
and I'll help you do some if you want to. Okay, Long Post Alert, but it's a helpful post.
#1 Remove Captcha / Word Verification
Yeah I have turned off the 'captcha' so that readers can comment
easily and don't have to keep typing in the weird digits. It actually encourages more
comments. And yes I love comments, probably the only way to know if the
reader has liked the post, liked what I write. You can always put the comments
for moderation and keep the spams at bay. I get too many spam comments with
links to local businesses and I moderate them to keep my space clean.
Now I never knew it existed in my blog page because I obviously
never commented in my page, and even if I did I was already logged into
Blogger. Only when a reader commented and told me about the captcha thingi I
got to know it existed in my blog as well. It's present by default and you have
to do it from the settings.
Now I don't want to turn you off so instead I have turned the
captcha off. You can do it so in Blogger by following these 5 easy steps.
1. Sign in to your Blogger Account
2. Go to Settings on your left panel
3. Click on Posts & Comments option
4. Go to Comments section
5. Select the option NO in Show Word Verifiaction option
6. Click on Save Settings
And your readers can post comments now without having to deal
with the word verification.
#2 Blog Signatures for comments
It is good to visit and read other blogs and not only write
in your blog. I do that quite often. In fact I really
like reading weird stuffs, reading about day to day life of someone
unknown also is fun sometimes. And it's generally good to leave a comment if
you have liked the post. Like how I love to read your comments good or bad.
When you comment on some ones blog, you can leave a link for your
blog as well so that you help the blogger to find you and your blog. It helps
fellow bloggers some time and they don’t have to go to your G+ profile and then
come to your blog. And if you have multiple blogs like how I have they will not
know where to go!
So I got this signature code for the blog. I am going to put it up
here and you can modify and use them for your blogs. You need to paste it along
with your comment. I have saved it in drafts in Gmail and I can access it
anytime. If you can memorize and type each time… really good for you.
href="your blog’s URL">Your Name</a></b></i>
The Sunny Side of Life</a></b></i>
So your fellow bloggers can easily find you now.
#3 Making way for visitors to
follow the Blog
It’s cool to have
many hits in your blog, but it is also important to understand that readers may
not come to the page every day. So why not you reach them instead? I have made
way for visitors to follow me and subscribe to the posts.
1. You can follow me by email
You can subscribe to
the RSS feed
3. You can follow the ‘The Side of Life’ FB Page
4. You can follow me on Networked Blogger
You can follow me on
Google Friend Connect
You can find all of these in my right hand sidebar. Feel free to follow
me so that you don’t miss the posts. You can also see the share-o-holic bar at the end of every post from now on, so that you can share as much as yo like.
#4 Keeping the post short
I am going to write fiction for this challenge and when I start writing I
write down all the things that might come to my mind on the plot. I so happened
when I was writing down my A B and C emotions that I wrote 2 different stories
for A and then chose to retain the second one because that felt more human.
When I finished writing it I realized I have already crossed 600 words. Now I
had promised I will keep my posts short. So I sat down and edited it to bring
it down to 300 – 350 words. I am trying to make it easy for the reader, so that
you guys can read mine and read some more blogs as well.
And this also reminds me to keep this post short. I don’t want to cross
Okay one more thing. All of these holds true for my Cook Blog as well.
Visit Twinkling Tina Cooks
and show some love. Believe me for me the bigger challenge is to complete A-Z
in my cook blog than this one. It is more time consuming there to cook, click
photos and then edit them. I hope to do it well.
Word is showing me its 994 words, so I should stop now. Chao and hope to
see you in April… EveryDay!
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